England kicked-off their EUROs campaign as they face Russia in the Group B match at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille.
Roy Hodgson’s young side has travelled to France with a lot of expectations, and the three lions were the favorites to win against Russia.
England went in the game wanting to break the jinx of never winning the first match in the EUROs.
England started the match with an attacking approach, moving men forward at every opportunity.
Wayne Rooney’s experience in the midfield helped England move the ball forward with ease.
England had two very close chances of scoring, once when Adam Lallana’s shot was off-target and again when his pass to Sterling was cut-off by Russian defense.
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Meanwhile, Russia struggled throughout the first-half and failed to build pressure on a young and inexperienced English defense.
The first half ended with both teams failing to open the account.
England started the second-half from where they left in the first-half, testing the Russian defense time and again, but still failed to find the back of the net.
However, Russia did manage to improve their performance a bit by the 50th minute, building up attacks.
Russia managed to win three corners within two minutes around the 60th minute, but they soon lost momentum as England went back to offence.
England were desperate for a goal, having created so many goal-scoring opportunities, the moment came in the 73rd minute when they won a free-kick right out-sde the box.
Eric Dier steped up to take the kick, and banged the ball in the back of the net, putting England ahead.
England again had the chance to score in the 83rd minute, when Denis Glushakov fouled Harry kane.
But Kane failed to shoot on-target, but Roy Hodgson’s men continued with their attacks, keeping the pressure on Russian defense.
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But Russian captain Denis Glushakov found the net in 92nd minute to equalize and shatter English dreams of breaking the jinx.